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CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 7:00am EST
in israel and gaza in recent days including the latest polling terrorist attack on a bus in tel aviv. there's widespread support on all sides of the house for an immediate and durable cease-fire being agreed in israel and gaza. will the prime minister set out in his view their main barriers to the cease-fire agreement now being reached? >> i agree with right hon. gentleman about the appalling news this morning about the terrorist attack on a bus in tel leave and also express our deep concern at the intolerable situation in southern israel and the grave loss of life in gaza. yes specifically what we can do to bring this cease-fire back. all of us across the european union including also america and beyond need to be putting pressure on the israeli prime minister and all those with contact with hamas to d escalate, stop the fighting, stop the bombing and that is what i have done. over the weekend i spoke twice to the israeli prime minister, wants to the president of israel. my friend the foreign secretary is working on this as well to be -- persuade both sides the need a ceasefire and beyond
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 12:00pm EST
? >> yes, you did. >> it's, you know, anytime israel is involved in a story it becomes an excruciatingly difficult story for american journalists to cover. because there is, for the most part, a natural sympathy in this country, a sense of identity in this country with israelis. and many reporters, old friends and colleagues, the late peter jennings, used to i think very unfairly be criticized for taking an anti-israeli point of view, was so much an anti-every point of view as that it spent many years living in the arab world and had a sympathetic point of view that arabs. i think what is happening in gaza right now meets almost any definition of tragedy. the israelis cannot be expected, on the one hand, the standby while their cities are rocketed. on the other hand, the great irony, the paradox in that story is because the defense forces are infinitely more professional than hamas fighters, the number of casualties on the palestinian side are always going to be much greater, thereby leaving an impression that there is somehow something unfair about the war. this is precisely a time when
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